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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise
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Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise

Software engineering techniques for very large data systems will be the focus of research at Queen's University in Canada, which has received a $5 million investment...

After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
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After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software

People are worried that library catalogs are in danger of marginalization because they present information online in a clunky, non-intuitive way that often frustrates...

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software
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Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software

Wesleyan University and Trinity College students have developed Collabbit, software that acts as a virtual emergency response center. Collabbit serves as a central...

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Iits Strike Partnerships With Global ­niversities

Some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are launching projects along with global universities to offer students and faculty more opportunities for collaborative...

Robots in Education
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Robots in Education

Robots are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in education. The Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to design a robot capable of traveling to the moon, is...

Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science
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Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program has awarded Louisiana Tech University $736,500 for a four-year initiative called "Creating a Culture of Success...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...

From ACM TechNews

Industry Body Forming to Address It Graduate Skills

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is creating the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA), a new body designed to help ensure that educational institutions around...

From ACM TechNews

New Russian Top50 Supercomputers List Released

The Research Computing Center of Lomonosov at Moscow State University (MSU) and the RAS Joint Supercomputer Center have released the latest Top50 list of the most...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say
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Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say

Three mathematics and science professors called on the U.S. government to support institutional programs that have succeeded in attracting and retaining minority...

Moving Toward a New Vision of Education
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Moving Toward a New Vision of Education

Researchers from the University of Basque Country have finished a 10-year study examining the effects of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the...

Debating Net Neutrality
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Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

World's Talent Opts to Leave ­sa
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World's Talent Opts to Leave ­sa

The United States will lose many skilled workers over the next five years as 100,000 immigrants from India and 100,000 immigrants from China return home, warns...

What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity
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What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity

The Singularity University program combines technology, futurism, and corporate support to question well-entrenched perspectives on learning and technology. The...

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable
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Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable

Nanomaterials  are widely expected to be a foundation of future electronics. A key component of  tomorrow's nanoelectronic circuits is stable nanowires that work...

Georgia Tech Turns ­nemployed Tech Workers Into Computing Teachers
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Georgia Tech Turns ­nemployed Tech Workers Into Computing Teachers

Through a recent $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Tech College of Computing will mitigate the stress of joblessness for unemployed...

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level
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Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level

Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a...

From ACM TechNews

­we Launches New Center of Engineering in Croatia

The University of the West of England (UWE) and the European Union have jointly launched the Center of Mechatronics, Karlovac (CMK) in Croatia. Led by Farid Dailami...
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